Night Pro and driver Peter Wrenn capture the $21,000 Invitational Pace
ANDERSON, Ind.—April 4, 2015—On a chilly night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the heavy favorites delivered in the $21,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, April 4. Each of the featured events saw familiar faces in the winner’s circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week.
Kicking things off for the evening, Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:55. Unhurried from the gate, Rose Run Parker sat patiently along the rail in fourth through fractions of :28, :56.3, and 1:26.2 set by Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder before making a move.
Using a :27.4 final panel, Rose Run Parker set his sights on the wire and wore down Lady Blitz late in the lane. Ed Hensley and Bloodstockshalltab staged a late rally but had to settle for second place honors. Escuela and Jason Dillander rallied nicely for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Rose Run Parker returned $2.40 to his backers.
Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker remains undefeated in 2015 from three starts. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy pushed his lifetime bankroll over the $600,000 mark for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr.
On the pacing side of things, Night Pro and Peter Wrenn scored their second consecutive Hoosier Park victory with a final time of 1:51.4 in the $21,000 Invitational pace.
Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Night Pro dictated fractions of :27.1, and :56.2 before ever feeling a threat. Let’s Drink On It and Tyler Smith were the first to commit to the outer flow as they began their first-over bid approaching the final turn.
With a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3, Night Pro began to put his talent on display as the field turned for home. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Night Pro cruised home with a :27.1 final quarter to finish two lengths in front of Let’s Drink On It. Latest Desire and Ross Leonard rounded out the trifecta ticket. As the public’s choice, Night Pro returned $3.00 at the betting windows.
“This is going to be a great summer with this group of horses,” Peter Wrenn noted in the winner’s circle. “My horse has had a few starts and he’s really sharp right now. He did that tonight just like it was a training mile. He was well within himself at the wire and did everything like he was supposed to. He’s a great, great horse.”
Trained and owned by Dale Decker, Night Pro remains undefeated in four starts in 2015. With the win, the five-year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel pushed his career earnings to $473, 512.
Nationally acclaimed horse racing analyst and commentator Peter Lurie has joined the broadcast teams at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Lurie will make more than one dozen appearances throughout 2015 with the first appearance this weekend at Hoosier Park beginning Friday, April 3.
“We are beyond excited to have someone of Peter’s stature joining our team in Indiana,” said Jim Brown, president and chief operating officer of Centaur Gaming and general manager of Indiana Grand. “Peter is well respected all over the world in horse racing and having his insight into our racing product on a regular basis is phenomenal.”
Lurie brings in more than three decades of experience in both the television and horse racing fields. He has been on the sidelines covering many major races, from the prestigious Saratoga meet to the Florida Derby. Lurie has interviewed racing’s finest participants over the years, including Tom Durkin, Bob Baffert, Kent Desormeaux and more recently the team behind 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. He also served as a host for HRTV’s syndicated weekly show, “Across the Board,” which had viewership all over the world, including Dubai and Europe.
Lurie has covered both the Indiana Derby and the Dan Patch Invitational at Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park, respectively, for the past four years and is very familiar with racing in the Hoosier State. He has also provided past support to some of the major Quarter Horse stakes in the state of Indiana, showing his immense versatility and expertise in racing.
“Being able to continue my love of horse racing at two great facilities in the Midwest is wonderful,” said Lurie. “I believe Centaur Gaming is on the cusp of something truly special and I feel very fortunate to be asked to be part of its growth. I’m looking forward to assisting them in taking their racing signals to the next level in the Thoroughbred and the Quarter Horse racing industry as well as in the harness racing world.”
In addition to special appearances throughout the racing season, Lurie will provide daily handicapping for the live production at Indiana Grand. His selections may be found in both the live racing program as well as Indiana Grand’s website. In addition, he will provide frequent call-ins and video to both facilities as well as conduct interviews and additional television coverage while on property during the season.
“Adding Peter to our team is a great way to kick off our 2015 racing season,” said Rod Ratcliff, chairman and chief executive officer of Centaur Gaming. “Peter (Lurie) will enhance our current broadcast by expanding our on-air coverage of our racing programs, something we continue to strive for at both locations. This is another example of our commitment to racing in the state of Indiana.”
Lurie will provide support to the current broadcast team of Emily Gaskin, racing personality and on-track analyst, and Steve Cross, announcer, at Hoosier Park. He will also bring his expertise to the broadcast team at Indiana Grand, which consists of Bill Downes, announcer, Rachel McLaughlin, racing personality and on-track analyst, and Nancy Ury-Holthus, paddock analyst.
In addition to his work in horse racing, the multi-talented Lurie will continue to lend his voice to numerous projects including animated series, commercials and video games in the Los Angeles area. He has served as an actor for more than 30 years and brings characters to life with his voice over work, including Leatherhead from the popular “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” television series.
Live harness racing is now underway at Hoosier Park through Saturday, Nov. 14. Racing is conducted Tuesday through Saturday with a first post of 5:15 p.m. EST.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing returns to Indiana Grand Tuesday, April 21. The 120-day race meet will be conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:05 p.m. with first post for Saturdays set at 6:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added Sept. 17.
About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, and the Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com or www.centaurgaming.net.
About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile oval race course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino as well as an off-track betting facility located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.IndianaGrand.com or www.CentaurGaming.net.
Pertty Music and Ed Hensley capture the first featured event for the 2015 season
Pertty Music Captures First Feature of the Season at Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.—March 27, 2015—Pertty Music and Ed Hensley returned to their winning ways at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 27. Using a powerful rally late in the lane, the five-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:54.2 to reach the winner’s circle in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the harness racing season.
Leaving from post five in the field of eight, Pertty Music was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth as the rest of the field battled for early position. Tyler Smith had The Bomb Dottie forwardly place and they were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2. The pace slowed just a touch as Hensley gave Pertty Music the green light and the duo reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :57.4.
Their lead would be short-lived as Peter Wrenn and Miss Millie were out and firing approaching the final turn with the rest of the field closing in. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:26.3., the field was tightly packed and the race appeared to be wide open turning for home.
Using a :27.2 final panel, Pertty Music exploded from the pocket and was able to hold off a late charge from Blisfful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score the win. American Girl and Sam Widger overcame a tough, first over trip to round out the trifecta as the heavy betting favorite. Pertty Music returned $7.00 to her backers at the window.
“I was a little unsure how the trip would work out for us,” owner, trainer, driver Ed Hensley noted after the victory. “She’s a great mare to drive and the trip ended up working out in our favor. I wasn’t sure if we were going to hold them off down the lane but she fought all the way to the wire.”
The 5-year-old daughter of Jereme’s Jet-My Metallica notched her fourth win from just eight seasonal outings. With the victory, Pertty Music pushed her seasonal earnings to $35,235.
Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 28 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. This Saturday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will feature drink specials, give-aways and live music at the conclusion of the live racing card.
For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Welcome Racing Fans,
Welcome back for the 22nd season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park is committed to giving our racing fans the very best racing experience to be found anywhere! This commitment has led to quite a few changes, some of which you might have already noticed.
Racing fans will have the opportunity to enjoy several new dining options for the 2015 racing season. Along with updated menu items in both of the Homestretch restaurants, Hoosier Park has added three new offerings in the lower level of the Grandstand. Dog n Suds is an American, Midwest classic famous for their Coney dogs, burgers and root beer floats. Tommy J’s Pizza Café will feature made-from-scratch Italian breads, salads, calzones, pizzas and savory pasta dishes. Additionally, The Shoe will feature light snacks, soft drinks and a full assortment of beers, wines and liquors.
We are truly excited to have you here and bring you 160 thrilling nights of harness racing through November14 with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
One of the most highly anticipated days on the 2015 harness racing calendar will take place on Friday, August 14 as the Dan Patch Stakes takes center stage once again. Boasting an increased purse for the 2015 edition, the Dan Patch will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race with an estimated purse of $300,000, which annually attracts the top older pacers in North America. The Dan Patch will now be raced as an early closer with hopes to attract the top pacers in the country that may not have previously considered racing in the Dan Patch. Additionally, The Indiana Sire Stakes program is set to begin May 21 and will culminate on October 10 with the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals.
Hoosier Park is also very excited to feature a variety of entertainment acts for your enjoyment in the Terrace Showroom this racing season. Our nights will continue to rock throughout the summer as the fifth annual Hoosier Park Summer Music Track outdoor concert series brings several of the biggest names in the world of music to Anderson this summer. Performers include the Charlie Daniels Band and Travis Tritt, BOSTON, and REO Speedwagon with additional performers and concert dates to be released in the coming weeks.
After the successful introduction of the Champion Driver Series in 2014, Hoosier Park is excited to announce a “Race to the Islands” with the continuation of the Champion Driver series in 2015. All of the Hoosier Park drivers will once again compete for the title of champion driver but this year they will be competing to win a Hawaiian dream vacation for four!
New for the 2015 season, Hoosier Park will launch an expanded social media campaign to raise awareness and engagement around this year’s racing season. Racing fans now have the ability to ask questions, post comments and participate in promotions using social media. Utilizing the hashtag #PlayHP, racing fans and participants are encouraged to follow Hoosier Park on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information and promotions.
There will be fun and excitement for both the casual and serious racing fans. If you are new to the sport of harness racing, Hoosier Park offers several handicapping tools to get you started with the basics of wagering.
This season promises to be action packed and we can’t wait to thrill you! We hope you enjoy your trip to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and take full advantage of all the excitement we have to offer. From our nine restaurants and lounges, to our 54,000 square foot casino floor featuring 2,000 slots and e-table games, to our national headline entertainment and standout racing program, Hoosier Park has something for everyone. We hope you enjoy your entire experience at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino!
Rick Moore Jahnae Erpenbach
Vice President & General Manager of Racing Vice President & General Manager of Gaming
ANDERSON, Ind.—March 26, 2015—The stage is set for the 22nd season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the 160-day meet will kick off with a 14-race card on Friday, March 27. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the evening will be highlighted by the $21,000 featured event for fillies and mares.
“I could not be more pleased with the response of the horsemen in the number of entries for opening weekend,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “Being able to offer full 14-race cards on both Friday and Saturday will provide a great positive start to our 2015 meet. This season promises to be action packed!”
The beginning of the live racing season marks not only the start of a variety of new promotions but also marks the unveiling of a number of facility enhancements as well.
Racing fans will have the opportunity to enjoy several new dining options for the 2015 racing season. Along with updated menu items in both of the Homestretch restaurants, Hoosier Park has added three new dining offerings in the lower level of the Grandstand.
Dog n Suds is an American, Midwest classic famous for their Coney dogs, burgers and root beer floats. Tommy J’s Pizza Café will feature made-from-scratch Italian breads, salads, calzones, pizzas and savory pasta dishes. Additionally, The Shoe will feature light snacks, soft drinks and a full assortment of beers, wines and liquors.
Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed “Fan-tastic Fridays”, will once again feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m. In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the ‘Beat the Big Guy’ promotion for a chance to win up to $750. At the conclusion of live racing, guests can also enjoy a free, live performance by Corey Cox in the Terrace Showroom at 10 p.m.
Hoosier Park has once again partnered with Twinspires.com and will be pulling out all the stops for its opening weekend, Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Hoosier Park is offering TwinSpires.com players the opportunity to compete for their share of 2 million elite points and one of two seats to the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC).
Both Friday and Saturday night, 1 million points and a WHHC seat will be on the line in separate contests. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information.
Hoosier Park is also excited to announce a partnership with Derby Wars for the 2015 harness racing season. Racing fans will now have an opportunity to play for $500 on Friday, March 27 through www.derbywars.com.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 14, 2015.
Racing Fans enjoy Girl Scout Day at Hoosier Park 2014
ANDERSON, Ind.—February 16, 2015—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2015 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and equine related fields.
The internship program is designed to give applicable marketing experience while simultaneously discovering and learning the many facets of the harness racing industry. The Race Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work alongside industry and media professionals in an exciting, fast-paced environment.
Each intern will be expected to assist the Race Marketing Department with a variety of promotional events, racing activities, and programs in a customer-service based atmosphere. The race marketing interns will assist with the daily production of the live racing program and various group events. The interns will also be challenged to write blog entries, develop and maintain contests, along with public relations and social media assignments.
This opportunity is ideal for college students looking for an exciting internship in the horse racing industry or students seeking internship accreditation opportunities in related fields. The positions require an energetic, self-starter with strong communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in social media applications. Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work weekends and some evenings.
This paid assignment will run throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Hoosier Park’s 22nd season of live harness racing will kick off on March 27 and be conducted through November 14. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.
To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Hoosier Park, send resume and cover letter to:
4500 Dan Patch Circle
Anderson, IN 46017
The application deadline for the Race Marketing internship is March 15, 2015. For more information about Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
ANDERSON, Ind.—February 9, 2015—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to begin the 22nd season of live harness racing on Friday, March 27 with several new and important changes to the stakes schedule. One of the most highly anticipated days on the 2015 harness racing calendar will take place on Friday, August 14 as the Dan Patch takes center stage once again. Boasting an increased purse for the 2015 edition, the Dan Patch will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race but will take on a new format beginning in 2015.
Historically, the Dan Patch has been an invitational race with Hoosier Park’s racing secretary, inheriting the responsibility of recruiting the best horses to compete in the event every year. However, when the Dan Patch returns for its 22nd edition in 2015, it will be raced under a new and improved format.
In conjunction with the Hambletonian Society, The Dan Patch will now be raced as an early closer, which requires a nomination and sustaining payment the same year in which the race will be contested. By making the switch and increasing the purse, Hoosier Park is hoping to attract the top pacers in the country that may not have previously considered racing in the Dan Patch.
To begin, a nomination fee of $500 is due on February 15, 2015 for all horses wishing to compete in the 2015 Dan Patch. After the initial fee, the nominated horses will be eligible to be sustained to the 2015 edition of the race by making a $2,000 payment on March 15.
The purse for the 2015 Dan Patch is estimated to be $300,000 with the field being comprised of the top ten highest lifetime money earners. Once the field is established, an entrance fee of $2,500 will be required.
“By making the Dan Patch a paid-in event, Hoosier Park is taking the next step in elevating what is already a great race and increasing it in purse and stature,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “We feel the race will now reach a point where it will stand side by side with the Canadian Pacing Derby and the William Haughton Memorial Pace as the elite races for aged pacers.”
Hoosier Park’s most prestigious pacing race has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil.
The Dan Patch race was established at Hoosier Park in 1994 with Ready To Rumble and driver Trevor Ritchie winning the inaugural edition 21 years ago. The list of all-star horses that have made their way to Hoosier Park over the years includes Jenna’s Beach Boy, Maltese Artist and former seven-eighths mile world record holder, the late Pacific Fella.
In 2014, racing fans watched Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, pace the fastest mile in Hoosier Park history with a 1:47.2 score in the 21st edition of the Dan Patch Invitational. The previous track record of 1:48.1, a mark that stood for four years, was established by Shark Gesture and George Brennan in the 2010 Dan Patch Invitational.
For the second consecutive year, the winner of the 2015 Dan Patch Invitational will get an automatic nomination to the 2015 edition of the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby slated for Friday, October 30 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. All nomination fees will be waived but in the event the winner of the Dan Patch Invitational has already been nominated to the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, a refund of all fees will be given upon declaration.
In addition to the changes to the Dan Patch, Hoosier Park will once again host the Jenna’s Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old colt pacers but feature an increased purse of an estimated $100,000 for the 2015 edition. Slated for Saturday, September 26, the field will be comprised of the top ten lifetime money earners. A $20,000 consolation will also be contested on Saturday, September 26.
The 2014 live racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which concluded on Saturday, November 15, produced encouraging gains on many fronts as well as sizeable gains in all-sources handle during the 160-day, all harness racing season.
Buoyed by a sensational 27% increase in all-sources handle for the 2013 season, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued the positive trend in 2014 to report an all sources handle increase of 6.2% over the previous year’s numbers.
In a continued effort to provide the highest quality racing experience for racing fans, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued its focus on all encompassing marketing efforts, facility enhancements and an increase in overall quality of racing.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of the 2014 racing season.” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “The positive trend in handle that we experienced during the 2013 season carried over into 2014. Beyond handle, the competition on the race track continues to get even more spirited. Together, we are buoyed by the reception we have received throughout the simulcast market and look forward to building on these successes when we open the 2015 season in late March.”
For the first time in its 21 year history, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino expanded its viewing public to include Australia in June of 2014. Through a partnership between Hoosier Park and the Australian racing broadcaster, Sky Racing, Hoosier Park harness racing became a regular morning feature on Thursday, Friday and Sunday on Sky Racing2 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Australian time.
Hoosier Park’s signature race, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational pace, saw marked success while placing the national spotlight on Hoosier Park, as the best in the sport of harness racing took to the racetrack on Friday, August 8. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as an enthusiastic crowd watched Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, pace the fastest mile in Hoosier Park history with a 1:47.2 score in the 21st edition of the Dan Patch Invitational. The previous track record of 1:48.1, a mark that stood for four years, was established by Shark Gesture and George Brennan in the 2010 Dan Patch Invitational.
On the wagering front, the Dan Patch card offered remarkable value to horseplayers with the continuation of a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta on the Dan Patch Invitational race. The bettors came out in full force to watch the harness racing superstars compete at Hoosier Park as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering and produced the biggest handle night of the season. The total handle for the night was up 25% over the previous year’s numbers.
Hoosier Park hosted Grand Circuit racing action four different times this season and welcomed the top-rated horses in North America to compete in races like the $275,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $230,000 Carl Erskine, the $250,000 Monument Circle, the $193,000 Nadia Lobell and the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby.
Trace Tetrick led all forces on the track and took home the 2014 leading driver title with 289 victories and accumulated over $3.6 million in purse earnings throughout the season. Tetrick, who led the driver standings from start to finish, earned his third leading driver title at Hoosier Park in 2014. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park’s record books as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories.
Also new to the 2014 season, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino unveiled a driver challenge like never seen before in the sport of harness racing. The 2014 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
It was LeWayne Miller who not only took home the $5,000 first place prize in the opening round of the series, but was crowned the ultimate champion after winning the second round of the series and drove away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
Weekends during the meet encouraged fans to enjoy live racing and numerous entertainment opportunities throughout the venue. Each weekend was highlighted by ‘Fan-tastic Fridays,’ live racing action that featured $1 customer specials including beer, hot dogs, wagers, and racing programs. Saturdays at the track, designated as ‘Family Fun Days,’ featured live entertainment, kid-friendly outdoor games and activities, winner’s circle giveaways, and dining specials.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued the annual summer concert series in 2014 and welcomed a series of national headlining acts to the outdoor music center. In conjunction with the racing action on the track, fans enjoyed Grammy-Award winners, Billboard chart toppers and thrilling entertainers throughout the summer.
“We would like to thank all the horsemen and racing fans that contributed to the successful 2014 season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino,” Moore continued. “Their support, along with the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, made for a tremendous season and we are already looking forward to next season.”
The 22nd season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to get underway on March 27, 2015. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through November 14, 2015.
Trace Tetrick Captures 2014 Leading Driver Award
Anderson, Ind.—November 15, 2014—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2014 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 15. In addition to the racing action, Trace Tetrick and Ron Burke secured leading driver and trainer titles, respectively.
Ron Burke, who took home Hoosier Park’s top training honors in 2013, was officially recognized as the 2014 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 111 trips to the winner’s circle and amassed over $2.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Walter Haynes Jr. Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with 80 trips to the Hoosier Park winner’s circle this season.
Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer in the sport of harness racing to eclipse $20 million mark in a single season, campaigns a large stable of horses throughout the country. The sport’s leader in both wins and earnings in North America for the past six seasons romped to his third straight Hoosier Park training title this season.
Jamie Rucker, Burke’s assistant trainer, oversees all training operations in Indiana and was present in the winner’s circle to accept the award from Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming’s president and chief operating officer, and Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing.
“This was definitely a team effort from the owners, trainers, horses, grooms, and everyone in between,” Rucker noted. “We have a great team at the Burke Stable and that has made for a great year of racing. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Ron Burke Stable, it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year and it has been a lot of fun to be a part of.”
In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who led the driver standings from start to finish, earned his third leading driver title at Hoosier Park in 2014. Tetrick scored 289 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over last year’s leading driver, Tyler Smith, who finished second with 235 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park’s record books as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories.
The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $25 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2014 with over $4.5 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 3,000.
“I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season,” Tetrick noted in the winner’s circle. “It’s been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. I had a lot of nice horses to drive this year and it has been a lot of fun, I really appreciate it.”
The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2014 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success.
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When Katie Brown sends Mrprsdnt Bluegrass to post on Saturday, July 5 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino it will be a first. Not only is Mrprsdnt Bluegrass the first horse that 20-year-old Katie Brown purchased but it will be the first major stakes race the duo has competed in.
Brown, a newcomer to owning harness racing horses, has a chance to win one of the state’s most premier stakes—the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers—on July 5 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Her first purchase, Mrprsdnt Bluegrass, will face nine other rivals in the second round of the Indiana Sires Stakes finals action.
Brown, like most young girls her age, was unsure of her next move before beginning work under the guidance of veteran trainer, driver, Joe Putnam during the summer of 2013 but quickly found out what exactly it was she wanted to do.
During her time at the Putnam Stable she was introduced gradually but quickly learned the ins and outs of the harness racing industry. When asked about her time spent at the Putnam stable the conversation quickly returns to the 3-year-old chestnut son of Third Straight-Mannart New Start.
“My red horse,” Brown said with a twinkle in her eye. “I fell in love with him after a week of working there and I knew right then that I wanted to own horses, especially him.”
“I connected with him instantly,” Brown continued. “I wanted to buy him from the minute I started working with him and didn’t want anyone else to have him. I didn’t know if it would work out or if I would have the opportunity to own him but the day I got the call that I was able to buy him was one of the happiest days ever.”
Brown, along with her trainer, purchased Mrsprsdnt Bluegrass in 2013 from breeder Luel Overstreet who had the horse in training with Putnam. Mrsprsdnt Bluegrass didn’t find the winner’s circle for his new connections until 2014 but has won much more than that in the eyes of his owner.
“He is the reason I go to the barn in the mornings,” Brown noted. “He makes all the early mornings, late nights and hard work worth it. He’s just the best.”
The three-year-old pacer has put together a 9-1-1-1 season while earning $11,701 in 2014. He set a lifetime best of 1:56.2 after a sharp, gate-to-wire effort in his seasonal debut for Brown. In his most recent outing, Mrprsdnt Bluegrass was second in the elimination of the Indiana Sires Stakes on June 28 at Hoosier Park behind If I Lose pacing the mile in 1:53.4.The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final will be the first big test for Mrpsdnt Bluegrass but his connections say he’s ready for it.
“I’m already nervous,” she said with a smile. “I get so nervous when he races but I’m happy just getting to watch him race and know that he will do it if he can.”